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In case you were not among the 359 veterinarians who attended our 91st annual Fall Conference earlier this month, I’d like to share some of the stats.

Thirty-eight renowned presenters from our own College faculty and beyond served up a combined 86 hours of continuing education talks and wet labs over the two days. The track topics ranged from large and small animal medicine and surgery to emergency and critical care, business management, and public health.

Kudos are due the hard-working staff who organize this event: the move to an off-campus conference center was very well received.

Elsewhere in this newsletter you’ll find links to photos of the seven class reunions and of the foursomes at the alumni association’s fourth annual golf outing.

The five recipients of the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards represent an amazing diversity in veterinary careers, from academia to industry, clinical specialty, government and public health, and research. Please visit our website to learn more about these outstanding veterinarians, and join me in extending congratulations to them:

  • Dr. Karen M. Becker, Class of 1987
  • Dr. Joseph T. Bielitzki, Class of 1976
  • Dr. Michael D. Kastello, Class of 1970
  • Dr. Donald P. Knowles, Class of 1982
  • Dr. Michael M. Pavletic, Class of 1974


Meet Dr. Jordyn Boesch

Dr. Jordan BoeschWhether you’re looking at her vitae, or the photos in her office, one thing is clear: Veterinary anesthesiologist and assistant clinical professor of veterinary medicine Dr. Jordyn Boesch (pronounced Besh) is passionate about wildlife and zoo animals.

As a DVM student at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she pursued a zoo/wildlife/aquatic animal medicine track, and went on to pursue externships at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the North Carolina Zoo, the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Asheboro, NC, and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. She came to Illinois in August 2010, after completing an anesthesiology residency at Cornell.

Dr. Boesch enjoys the challenges presented by zoo animal and wildlife anesthesia and pain management. “There are so many species,” she notes. “And they are hard to handle, so you can’t draw regular samples. There’s so little that we know and so much work yet to be done.”

Working in the area of pain management not only allows her to work with different species (small, large, and exotic animals), it also allows her to collaborate with a wide variety of diseases, including cancer and osteoarthritis.

Illinois is clearly a match for her interest in exotics and possible collaboration with the Brookfield Zoo. She was excited about the recent lemur case she and Dr. Stuart Clark-Price saw and looks forward to continuing her study of white tail deer among our local population. 

In addition to clinical service, co-teaching the Veterinary Anesthesiology & Fluid Therapy class with Dr. Clark-Price, Dr. Boesch is currently preparing for her specialty boards in anesthesiology. 

Dr. Boesch can be contacted with questions about pain management and anesthesia in small, large, and exotic animals by calling 217-333-5311 (small and exotic animals) or 217-333-2001 (large animals). 


Upcoming Alumni Receptions & Reunions

Combined Reunions: Classes of 1955, 1960, and 1970
October 28-29, 2010
Urbana, Ill.

ISVMA Reception
November 6, 2010
6:30 p.m
Lombard, Ill.

AAEP Alumni Reception
Hilton, Ballroom 4
December 10, 2010
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

Call 217-333-2761 or e-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for more details.

2011 Alumni Award Nominations

Congratulations to this year's alumni award winners! They carry on one of our College's proudest traditions. Which means it's not too early to start thinking about who you'd like to nominate for the 2011 alumni and special service awards. Get more info here.

Alumni & Development Web site | Alumni site


Canine Lymphoma Treatment Shows Promise

Dr. Timothy Fan, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, and chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother, have identified a new target for the treatment of lymphoma and are testing a potential new drug in pet dogs afflicted with the disease. At low doses, the compound, called S-PAC-1, arrested the growth of tumors in three of six dogs tested and induced partial remission in a fourth.

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Center for One Health Integrates Human, Animal, Environmental Health

The Center for One Health Illinois, established at the University of Illinois last year with a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will receive another $500,000 in grants over several years from the USDA to pursue its mission of fostering collaborations and information sharing among members of the medical, public health, environmental, and agricultural fields.

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Schantz Among Leaders of Botanicals Research Center

Dr. Susan Schantz, professor of comparative biosciences, will serve as the associate director of the newly established Botanicals Research Center, a multidisplinary, National Institutes of Health funded research initiative designed to explore the health effects of botanical estrogens.

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Fall Conference Memories

2010 Vet Med Golf OutingGolf Outing. Alumni Awards Dinner. Class Reunions.

Relive the fun on our new Flickr site.

Share your thoughts on this year's Fall Conference at  go.illinois.edu/fcsurvey


OTS Pet Wash

Get clean dogs. Support the Champaign County Humane Society.

Saturday, September 25
8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Get more info.

Howl at the Harvest Moon

"Drive in" to the Harvest Moon. See "Cats & Dogs" with your kids, cats, and dogs, if you like -- and support the Wildlife Medical Clinic.

Sunday, September 26

Doors open 5:45 p.m., movie starts at dusk. Get more info.


Illinois vs. Northwestern @ Wrigley Field

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Kick-off is at 2:30 p.m.
Rooftop doors open @ 1:30 p.m.
1010 Waveland Avenue, Chicago, Ill.

$250 per person
Tickets are limited, so act fast!

Get the details

This event is sponsored by the University of Illinois & the Chicago Illini Center

Open House is October 3

Fall 2010 Vet Med Open House

Share the world of veterinary medicine with a future veterinarian.

Preview the exhibits

Pet U


Oskee Boo WowWhether you're celebrating the spirit of Homecoming or the spirit of Halloween, join us on October 21 for an evening of cute costumes and yummy treats for people who love pets and pets who love parties. The fun celebrates the human animal bond and benefits the Humane Connection Fund.

Find out more and register now.


Canine Knee Weekend: Stifle Arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery, November 20-21, 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

SOP Locking Plate System and Pancarpal Arthrodesis Using the Castless PCA Plate, December 4, 2011, Hawthorne Animal Hospital, Glen Carbon, Ill.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/ to learn more about these and other continuing education programs.

Introducing the Executive Veterinary Program in Small Animal Ultrasound.

Get the details online or email ope@vetmed.illinois.edu for more info.

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